Sushma to visit Nepal to offer condolences for Koirala

Kathmandu, Feb 9 (IANS) India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to Kathmandu later on Tuesday to offer condolences on the passing of former prime minister Sushil Koriala, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa said here.

Officials told IANS that Sushma Swaraj will land here at 5 p.m. (Nepali time) and will fly back to New Delhi later in the evening.

She will meet Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, Gopal Khanal, the foreign relations advisor to Oli, said.

India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Congress leader Anand Sharma and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sita Ram Yechuri will accompany Swaraj.

The Nepal government has decided to honour Koirala with the state funeral.

His last rites will be conducted at the Pashupatinath temple on the bank of Bagmati river.

The government has also announced a public holiday on Wednesday.

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